Posts Tagged ‘PBS’

Tour Idaho’s Capitol Online

July 7th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, July 7, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Idaho’s Capitol for Kids

(idahoptv.org/productions/specials/capitoloflight/kids/index.cfm)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Tour Idaho’s Capitol with this website from Idaho Public Education and the Idaho State Board of Education.

To begin your virtual tours, select the “Take a Tour” link on the home page. Then select to either take a video tour or a photo tour. The video tours include: 

  • Tour – Choose to see the full 11-minute tour of the restored Capitol or watch in segments. This tour is also available captioned.
  • 1905-1920 – “Learn what Idaho was like in the early 1900’s, find out who designed and built the original Capitol and discover why Idaho’s Capitol was an early 20th Century modern marvel”.
  • Restoration & Expansion – Explore “the restoration and expansion of Idaho’s Capitol and its hidden and not-so-hidden treasures.”
  • Capitol of Light – PBS documentary of the renovation and expansion of the Capitol.
  • Visions of Idaho –  PBS videos about Idaho history, geography and more.
  • Saved By the Bill – “Learn how an idea becomes law in Idaho”.

When you have finished with your tours return to the “Kids Home” page to learn more about Idaho’s Capitol. Hover over the eagle and click the link to reach the welcome page. Here visitors can download a fun facts sheet and a reference sheet of Idaho’s State Symbols. Select “Play Games” for online games such as: 

  • I Spy Idaho’s Capitol
  • I Spy: The Quiz Game
  • Claim It!
  • Seal of Fortune

Choose the “Teachers” button to find printable versions of the online games and answer keys, web links to the Idaho State Government, other Capitol websites, Idaho history sites, Idaho’s Indian Tribes, and just for fun.

This fun website is a great place to get an overview of Idaho.

Grammar Gorillas & More!

May 10th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, May 10, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FunBrain: Grammar Gorillas

(www.funbrain.com/games/grammar-gorillas)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

As we celebrate National Pet Week, today’s websites are centered around gorillas. It will have your kids swinging on vines…

Did you know that “Grammar Gorillas” is also a term used to describe any feature of grammar which people find particularly challenging? At this site, learn various parts of speech and grammar with this fast-paced, fun, and interactive game called “Grammar Gorillas.”

Most people don’t have pet gorillas. However, in Woodside, California there is a very unusual “pet” gorilla named Koko, who since 1971 has learned to sign over 1,000 words and can also understand spoken English! Here are a couple of websites that feature Koko and her uncanny ability with language arts: 


Meet Koko


Learn to sign with Koko

Visit the Pyramids of Egypt

March 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Friday, March 3, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PBS NOVA: Pyramids

(www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/explore-ancient-egypt.html)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

The tomb of Egyptian boy, King Tut, was discovered on November 4, 1922. Would you like to explore a pyramid and check out a pharaoh’s burial chamber? At this PBS website, you can take a free virtual tour of the Great Pyramid of Giza, the tombs and temples of Thebes, and you can even take a virtual walk around the Sphinx! This interactive virtual tour of the Land of the Pharaohs is provided through 360┬░ panoramas and stunning photographs with interesting and informative text.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of pyramids in the center of the page. Click on the words, “LAUNCH INTERACTIVE” next to the picture. A new screen opens to a map of ancient Egypt and drop-down menus that allow you to explore: 

  • Old Kingdom – Explore the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Khufu Pyramid, the Khafre Pyramid, the Sphinx, and the Giza Plateau.
  • New Kingdom – Virtually tour the Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, Colossus of Memnon, the Tomb of Riekhmire, and the Tomb of Ramose.

Simply click on the place you want to explore. If you select a pyramid, the image will appear on the screen with a drop-down menu that invites you to look inside the pyramid, see a cross-section map of the pyramid, view artifacts, and browse the photo gallery.

If you select a monument such as the Sphinx or Colossus of Memnon, you can take a “walk-around” virtual tour.

The images and content are spectacular. Younger children may enjoy this presentation with adult assistance to read the text and navigate the site.

Newton’s Apple Science Videos & Activities!

June 14th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, June 14, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PBS: Newton’s Apple

(www.tpt.org/newtons/)

Age Range: 6-15 (Grades 1-10 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Twin Cities Public Television offers this website as a companion to their award-winning television show called “Newton’s Apple” that offers hundreds of steaming video clips on science topics that include: 

  • Animals and Plants
  • Earth and Space
  • Health and Medicine
  • Chemistry and Food
  • Technology and Invention
  • Physics and Sports

These video clips are from various educational television shows and documentaries. Watching a brief film clip on topics such as Acid Rain, Dinosaurs, Mummies, Penguins, Rotting Food, Zoo Veterinarians, etc., can spark an interest in a science topic. If you enjoy the film clips, you can purchase the videos at the website – or look for the titles at your local public library or through your video/DVD rental store or plan.

You can also try the FREE hands-on lessons and activities provided in the “Teacher Guides.” Designed for classroom use, they are easily adapted to homeschooling, and you don’t have to watch a video to learn something from them.

The site also offers “Science Try Its” that are essentially very simple ideas and suggestions for ways to think about and explore various science topics and concepts – great when you run out of ideas or need a jump-start.

This site is well-organized. You can browse the science categories or simply enter a keyword in the search mechanism to find information on any science topic of interest.

A Summer’s Worth of Printable Math Activities

June 13th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, June 13, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PBSKIDS.org: Cyberchase Math Activities

(pbskids.org/cyberchase/activities/)

Age Range: 7-11 (Grades 2-7, approximately with parental supervision)

 

This PBS website is a companion to Cyberchase, the Emmy Award┬« winning mathematics series for children. The website offers dynamic web games, videos, and printable activities that teach math concepts in a fun way that kids can understand.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the PBS show, the website explains:

In the world of Cyberchase, the dastardly villain Hacker is on a mad mission to overthrow Motherboard and take over Cyberspace with the help of his blundering henchbots, Buzz and Delete. But Motherboard enlists the help of three curious kids, Inez, Jackie, and Matt, and their cyberpal, Digit, to stop him. Their weapon: brain power. In the live-action segment following each animated episode, Harry and Bianca show kids how math can help solve life’s wacky problems in the real world.

To further help kids explore their world, the hands-on activities include a range of science, technology, engineering and math topics. When you get to the website, you’ll see some featured recommendations. Below that is an icon menu of printable activities that include: 

  • Activity Book – Print out a booklet with math puzzles, games, and projects.
  • Batter Up – Track your favorite baseball team’s hits and look for patterns. 
  • Bianca’s Body Math – Use math to learn which body parts are proportional.
  • Cool It – Experiment with evaporation to keep something cool on a hot day.
  • Dot Decoder – Decode a secret message.
  • Lifting with Levers – Discover the relationship between the length of a lever and how much weight you can lift.
  • Make a Pinwheel – Make a pinwheel and use it to find out how windy it is.
  • Make Ice Cream – Get an easy recipe to make ice cream at home.
  • Shadow Math – Measure the lengths of shadows to estimate the height of something very tall.
  • Top Flight – Make paper airplanes and judge their flights to choose a winner.

Click on any activity and a new page opens with complete instructions, diagrams, and illustrations to do the activity.

Bookmark this fun resource to help kids learn math, science, and more!

Summer themed reading activities

July 15th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, July 15, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Start with a Book

(http://www.startwithabook.org/summer-reading-learning)

 

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website is a project of the PBS show, Reading Rockets and along with funding from The Park Foundation, Inc. they offer themed books and activities for summer reading and learning.
When you get to the website click on any theme from the menu in the center of the page to open a new page that provides instructions on how to explore the particular theme by: 
  • Choosing books and book-related activities
  • Exploring more hands-on activities
  • Trying some summer writing
  • Digging deeper with these websites
  • Playing and learning with interactive mobile apps
The books are all clearly marked with grade and/or reading level. The activities include a materials list with pictures and instructions and discussion help. Many themes like these can be explored: 
  • Dinosaurs
  • Planes
  • Bugs
  • Birds
  • Animals
  • The moon and stars
  • Art
  • Thunder and lightning
  • Detectives
  • Explorers
  • Poetry
  • Myths
  • and many more!
This website is full of information to help parents develop a love for reading within their children. Bookmark this website and check back often. 
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